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Origins of Cyclo-Cross

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Indeed it started in France. In Dutch it's called "veldrijden" which translates to "field riding"... you can take that quite literally as that was the exact origin. There were no fabricated obstacles. Just a course on a farmer's field, with creeks running through them where they'd need to jump over etc. I'm looking for a really early video i once saw, but i can't seem to find it. I did find one of the 1950s, but the one i was looking for was even earlier.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beXa5iDJENE
 
Indeed it started in France. In Dutch it's called "veldrijden" which translates to "field riding"... you can take that quite literally as that was the exact origin. There were no fabricated obstacles. Just a course on a farmer's field, with creeks running through them where they'd need to jump over etc. I'm looking for a really early video i once saw, but i can't seem to find it. I did find one of the 1950s, but the one i was looking for was even earlier.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beXa5iDJENE
Note the triumphant musical background. Well before the John Tesh days of synth soundtracks to TdF coverage. I love it.
 

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